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Class of 1991

  • CAS class correspondent: Laura Mundt BA ’91

    “Dear Class of ’91—keep the updates and class notes coming! You all are doing fascinating things, which is exactly what we would expect from LC alumni.”

    -June 2018

  • Steven Mitchell Carpenter died July 16, 2016, after a short illness. He was 61 years old.

    Steven was born April 8, 1955, in Miles City, Montana. He attended The Dalles High School in Oregon. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in French, he worked as the assistant regional director of public affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland. He then earned a JD, following which he worked in private practice, focusing on products liability and professional malpractice defense.

    Steven joined the Professional Liability Fund (PLF) as a claims attorney in 2000. He spoke and wrote widely on lawyer liability issues, but will be most remembered for his compassion for lawyers facing malpractice claims. Throughout his professional career, Steven made many friends and enjoyed working with many wonderful colleagues.

    A former member of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Steven was an avid supporter of all the arts. His passions included cooking, traveling (especially to France), and his Dobermans.

    Steven is survived by his parents, Don and Juanita Carpenter; his brothers, Mike and Lynn Carpenter; nephew Kyle Carpenter, with his wife Jennifer and their son Conley; nephew Cory Carpenter, with his wife Karyn; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as countless friends.

    • 06/28/2018

      Wendy Barth BS ’91 and Eric Barth BA ’92, who celebrated 20 years of marriage last October, marked the occasion with travel through Germany and the Czech Republic. The couple has two daughters, Elia and Annalise. Wendy has a successful relationship counseling practice ( Eric leads a photography and video production team and conducts shoots around the world. They live in Boise, Idaho.

    • 09/01/2011

      Todd Beaird JD ’91 relocated to Dallas with his wife, Jenny, and daughter, Kayla, to take a corporate vice president position with New York Life Insurance.

    • 04/25/2018

      Eric Benson BA ’91, who earned a JD from Boston University School of Law in 1998, is Amazon Web Services’ general manager for business development. He resides in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and two children, ages 12 and 9.

    • 08/03/2018

      Dagmar Butte JD ’91 was awarded the 2018 Susan D. Quarles American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Service Excellence Award. Butte is a shareholder at Parker, Butte & Lane. Originally from Germany, she practices business and family immigration for individuals and corporate clients in high tech, health care, engineering, education, and other sectors. She also writes and speaks nationally and internationally on immigration law for AILA and other organizations, and teaches international law at Lewis & Clark as an adjunct professor.

    • 02/01/2018

      To Bridget Canty BS ’91 and husband Sergey Frolov, daughter Juniper Claire, September 26, 2014.

    • 02/15/2017

      Sharon Chinn MA ’91 received the 2016 Otis McCreery Outstanding Service Award from the Northwest Association of Student Affairs Professionals. Chinn works at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling as director of Educational Career, Licensing, and Accreditation Services.

    • 12/06/2017

      Mary Dilles MAT ’91 has retired from her career as an ESL teacher in Portland Public Schools. She and her husband have moved to Port Townsend, Washington, where she plans to work as a dyslexia tutor and pursue her own writing and creative projects.

    • 10/13/2017

      Ann Flannigan BA ’91 has two sons in high school and lives in Olympia, Washington. In 2017, she appeared in theatrical productions of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County and Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. Professionally, she serves as vice president of public relations for Washington State Employees Credit Union. Flannigan also recently joined the board of directors for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. She appreciated the opportunity to get together with other theatre department alumni at a memorial service for longtime theatre professor Edgar Reynolds in July 2017.

    • 02/01/2018

      Erin-Todd Hansen BA ’91 lives in Boise, Idaho, and is a member of Leadership Boise, a civic involvement group. He is also a member of the Idaho Technology Council’s Software Steering Committee. Hansen works with the University of Idaho to help autistic teens transition from high school to college, and he serves as a board member of Xceptional Minds, a start-up nonprofit focused on coaching autistic teams who want to enter the workplace.

    • 10/14/2016

      Jacob Hasslacher BA ’91 is the founder of LH Project, a ceramic artists’ residency based in Joseph, Oregon. The program (which gets its name from the family’s LH cattle brand), was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s State of Wonder. Hasslacher lives on the property with his wife, sculptor Chris Antemann.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was elected treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Association Board for the 2013-14 term.

    • 02/01/2018

      Stephanie Johnson BA ’91 is a senior paralegal at 3M Company in Maplewood, Minnesota. She supports the Industrial Business Group, including the aerospace, automotive aftermarket, advanced materials, and automotive electrification platforms. Johnson lives in Apple Valley with her two children: Grace, 17, and Charlie, 14.

    • 01/19/2018

      Robert Jordshaugen BS ’91 left Portland after graduation, then went to New York, then lived in Moscow for three years, then went back to New York, and finally got tired of the cold. He now lives in Atlanta with his spouse and kids (one is a third-year student at Georgia Tech and the other is a high school junior lacrosse player). Years after finishing at L&C, Jordshaugen decided to do homework again, so he earned an MBA from Duke University. He works in healthcare as a consultant, trying to make healthcare better.

    • 02/15/2017

      Blythe Anderson Knott BS ’91 was named director of Lewis & Clark’s Overseas and Off-Campus Programs in January 2017, after serving as acting director for the previous six months. She began her career in the office as associate director in 2013.

    • 02/01/2018

      Yuko Kodama BA ’91 is the news director at 91.3 KBCS-FM, serving the Seattle area. Last fall, she placed third in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism’s 2017 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability competition. Her two-piece segment (titled “Dorian Wants Transit Policy Toward Disabled Persons to Change”) chronicled the experiences of a wheelchair user trying to navigate public transportation in Seattle. Kodama’s work has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Making Contact, and National Native News. She particularly enjoys making radio more accessible to the community.

    • 02/15/2017

      Yuko Kodama BA ’91 is the news director at KBCS, a listener-supported radio station in Bellevue, Washington. She has been at the station since 2008, first as producer of a syndicated regional radio program, Listen Up Northwest, then as operations director.

    • 06/28/2018

      Chris Mann BS ’91 says that Lewis & Clark was one of the best experiences of his life and that he maintains relationships with many of the folks he met at the college. A resident of Fairfax, California, he has been married for 14 years and has a 10-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. Mann has become “a serial start-up guy,” selling companies to IBM and to LinkedIn. For fun, he plays bass in a rock band and “gets to act like a goofball.”

    • 07/12/2016

      Was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington Division I Court of Appeals, which covers King, Snohomish, Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. Mann is a partner at Gendler & Mann, LLP, in Seattle. His law career spans more than two decades and he has extensive experience in environmental and land use litigation and appeals. Mann has also served on the board of directors and as president of the Washington Environmental Council, the Northwest Fund for the Environment, and the Marymoor Velodrome Association. He has been named a Washington Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine for the past 10 years.

    • 10/12/2015

      Joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as the result of a merger between that firm and Stolowitz Ford Cowger in September 2015.

    • 07/11/2016

      Was appointed by the President and Vice-President of the Navajo Nation to the new Council of Economic Advisors. The council will work with the executive branch to help develop economic activities on the reservation and will focus on developing the private sector economy. Formerly a law professor at Lewis & Clark, where he still teaches Indian law courses, Miller is a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a tribal judge.

    • 09/01/2014

      Was elected to the American Philosophical Society. Formerly a law professor at Lewis & Clark, Miller teaches at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

    • 09/01/2013

      Took a teaching position with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Phoenix. He joined ASU’s Indian legal program and will concentrate
on American Indian economic development issues. Previously, Miller taught for 14 years as a member of the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty.

    • 06/28/2018

      James Monsebroten BA ’91 has been married for 22 years. He and his wife have three children and live in Coos County, Oregon, where Monsebroten is an attorney. In spring 2018, he made a strong run for the fifth position Circuit Court Judge in Oregon’s 15th district.

    • 04/15/2016

      Has left his job with the Oregon State Bar to go to China with his wife, Jane, where they are teaching students about intercultural communications, business writing, world events, Western culinary skills, and tourism. Morrill says that he and his wife are learning about China and its 5,000-year cultural history as part of the exchange.

    • 02/15/2017

      Laura Mundt BA ’91 works at Lewis & Clark, coordinating the student Counseling Service and the Student Health Insurance Program, as well as supporting the other wellness services on campus. She has been in this role for about a year and a half. Previously, she worked as the L&C community friends coordinator, matching international students with local hosts. (If you live near Portland and would like to be a local friend to an international student, please let her know!) She finds it a pleasure to be back on campus on a daily basis and must admit she sometimes find herself in a time warp when her eyes play tricks on her, and she imagines seeing students from her era on campus. Her husband, Anthony Paolucci BA ’91, is in his 18th year at NetApp, a data storage company based in the Bay Area. Their daughter, Tomlin, is in her senior year of high school and has submitted her college applications.

    • 10/13/2017

      Beth O’Neal BS ’91 has been organizing and implementing a reduction in the use of plastic cups in Port Townsend, Washington. She has been volunteering at events, such as the Wooden Boat Festival and Concerts on the Dock, encouraging event organizers to implement washing stations and use reusable cups and utensils. Her ongoing goal is to educate people on how they can stop using plastic and why it is important to do so, such as to protect marine life. Be on the lookout for her upcoming website about her plastic reduction crusade.

    • 02/01/2018

      Tony Paolucci BA ’91 just celebrated his 18th year at NetApp, where he is a principal architect for large global customers. Paolucci recently traveled to Las Vegas and Berlin to present at NetApp Insight, the yearly user technical conference. He especially enjoyed returning to Berlin, where he studied on the 1990 L&C East-West Germany program.

    • 05/27/2015

      Was recognized by the law school’s Small Business Legal Clinic for significant pro bono contributions provided throughout 2014.

    • 09/01/2011

      Michael D. Rap JD ’91 cofounded a start-up venture, Serious Integrated, based in Phoenix. The company provides original equipment manufacturers and electronic design firms with a complete human interface platform that enables rapid and cost-effective replacement of existing text display and push-button technologies with graphics touch screen interfaces for a broad range of industrial, office, medical, and consumer devices. Rap can be reached at 1747 E. Morten Avenue, Suite 209, Phoenix, Arizona 85020,, and

    • 10/13/2017

      Charles Sanderson BA ’91 was named to the initial USA Touch Rugby squad to compete in the Touch World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 2019. He has represented the United States in international touch rugby competition on three different occasions: South Africa in 2007, Scotland in 2011, and Australia in 2015. No U.S. player has scored more touchdowns in international competition than Sanderson.

    • 08/09/2017

      Bryan K. Scott JD ’91 completed his term as the first African American president of the State Bar of Nevada on June 30, 2017. He will remain on the State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors through June 2018, serving as an ex officio officer. During that time, Scott will work on a special project to determine the ethnic makeup and degree of ethnic diversity of the members of the State Bar.

    • 07/12/2016

      Was sworn in as the 88th president of the State Bar of Nevada on July 30, 2016, by Nevada Chief Justice Ron Parraguirre. Scott, who is the first African American to hold the office, has served on the State Bar of Nevada’s Board of Governors since 2006. He is a past president of the Clark County Law Foundation, the Clark County Bar Association, and the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association. Scott is an assistant city attorney with the civil division for Las Vegas, where he advises the Las Vegas City Council and the Las Vegas Planning Commission on land-use, zoning, planning, and ethics issues. He has been with the Las Vegas City Attorney’s office since 1996.

    • 09/01/2015

      Was sworn in as the president-elect of the State Bar of Nevada during its recent annual meeting, held in Seattle, Washington. In July of 2016, Scott will be sworn in as the 88th president of Nevada’s state bar. He will be the first government attorney and first African American president since the State Bar of Nevada was established in 1928. For the past 19 years, Scott has worked for the Las Vegas City Attorney’s Office. He is the assistant city attorney for the civil division.

    • 09/01/2014

      Moved her immigration law practice to 522 S.W. 5th Avenue, Suite 1125, Portland, Oregon. Statler can be reached through her website.

  • Stuart “Stu” Sugarman passed away March 28, 2016, from diabetes-related causes. He was 52 years old.

    Stu was born May 16, 1963, in Jericho, New York. He attended Jericho Senior High School and earned a BS in marine science and biology from the University of Miami.

    A partner at the Portland law firm Warren & Sugarman, Stu was known for his devotion to providing every defendant with a robust representation. He assisted people in their darkest moments and was known to take even the smallest cases seriously. Stu took on numerous pro bono cases, particularly on behalf of activists. He most recently defended—for free—the seven Greenpeace protesters charged in connection with a 2015 incident during which activists suspended themselves from Portland’s St. Johns Bridge in an effort to halt oil drilling in the Arctic.

    Stu was respected and loved by all who knew him. He is remembered for his humor, wit, fairness, honesty, and selflessness. An avid cyclist, Stu was a frequent participator in Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride and Cycle Oregon. He was also a longtime volunteer at the Oregon Country Fair.

    Stu is survived by his son, Riley; his mother, Pearl Sugarman; and his siblings Steven and Lori Sugarman, among other relatives.

    • 02/15/2017

      Eric Taussig BA ’91 and his wife, Vithamon, have three children: Ben, age 8, and twins Sophie and Maddie, age 3. The family recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Oswego, Oregon. Taussig has relocated his company, Prialto, to downtown Portland. Prialto supports business executives with virtual assistants. As an aside, Taussig reports that he had the pleasure of running into Carolyn Savage, wife of the late David Savage, professor emeritus of history, while helping his parents move into the Terwilliger Plaza retirement community. David and Carolyn led his overseas study program to India while he was a student at Lewis & Clark.

    • 02/15/2017

      Jennifer Van Houten BA ’91 is a senior vice president with U.S. Bank and recently was promoted to the role of risk manager within its Wholesale Banking division. She married Greg Willmarth in August 2016 at the Mazama Lodge in Government Camp, Oregon. They met while climbing Mount Rainer in 2010 and have cotaught the Mazamas Basic Mountaineering Education Class for the last several years. They have a passion for traveling, the outdoors, and wine tasting. They recently moved into a new home by Lewis & Clark.

    • 06/28/2018

      Michael Winans BA ’91 volunteers with the Witness Stones Project, an organization that installs markers that honor an individual enslaved person at a site of significance in their lives. Winans serves on the programming subcommittee, which has organized a communitywide book discussion group and a Juneteenth Day Celebration. He is also a member of the Shoreline Arts Alliance, where he serves on the committee for the annual photo contest and exposition. He says he is “finally putting that old history degree to some use.”

    • 10/13/2017

      Abby Wool Landon JD ’91 has joined Tonkon Torp as a partner in its estate planning practice group, business department, and tax practice group. Landon, who will chair the firm’s estate planning group, has focused her practice on estates and trusts law for over 25 years. She was most recently with Williams Kastner.